Yes, yes, I’m doing these again. It’s almost like I’ve decided to try being a blogger again for a while, isn’t it?

Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! – A wonderfully angry rant about what rich people get away with in American.
The rise of gernotocracy? – (pdf file) A report from the Intergenerational Foundation on the democratic deficit between different age groups, with suggestions for how to combat it. Whether you agree with the recommendations or not, there’s a lot of food for thought within it.
Bill Hicks on Freedom of Speech – Wonderful letter from the late, great comedian to a priest who’d complained about Channel 4 showing Revelations
Spoilers – Charles Stross responds to some of the reviews and comments on his excellent novel Rule 34
. He’s not complaining about them (‘we have a technical term for an author who argues with reviewers: “idiot”‘) but pointing out some interesting additional information on the book and its background that’s interesting if you’ve read it. And if you haven’t, then you should give it a try.
The Economist fails the Turing Test again – Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell explains how to automate the writing of Economist articles.

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Vaguely UNIT-related links ahoy:

Day 3706: Chap With Wings – A very nice tribute to Nicholas Courtney and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart from one of Millennium’s Daddies.
The Many Brigadiers of Nicholas Courtney – An amusing collection of pictures of the various aspects of the Brigadier.
How To Make Oatmeal…Wrong – (For UKers, ‘oatmeal’=’porridge’) How McDonalds can take even the most simple of dishes, and mess it up.
The Death Of Bill Hicks – Seventeen years since Bill Hicks died. Man, I feel old now.
FactCheck: the AV campaign gets dirty – I’m shocked – shocked! – to discover that a propaganda campaign being run by people from the Taxpayers’ Alliance might be somewhat economical with the truth.

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